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Victoria’s Secret #1
Very few people know this but the founder of Victoria’s Secret committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area after he realized that he had made the greatest business mistake of his life in the early 1980’s. It turns out that he had sold Victoria’s Secret to entrepreneur Leslie Wexner (founder of the Limited) for $4 million without realizing that Victoria’s Secret would be worth $500 million just a few years later. Today, Victoria’s Secret is the #1 lingerie company in the world and is worth approximately $12 billion United States dollars.
Victoria’s Secret #2
The Victoria’s Secret Angels are not really represented by Victoria’s Secret. These supermodels are represented by their prestigious modeling agencies, and Victoria’s Secret needs the permission of each of those modeling agencies prior to booking each Victoria’s Secret model.
Victoria’s Secret #3
The Victoria’s Secret Angels are no ordinary fashion models in terms of earnings power. Most people would be shocked to find out that Victoria’s Secret Angels make more money in one day than what many men and women make in one year working full time in a regular 9 AM to 5 PM office job. For example, Victoria’s Secret supermodel Gisele Bundchen made approximately $128,000 United States dollars per day (according to Forbes magazine) by modeling for many of the world’s most prestigious fashion brands.
Victoria’s Secret #4
The Victoria’s Secret Angels have a global reach that supermodels from the 1990’s could only dream about. While it is true that supermodels from the 1980’s and 1990’s such as Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, and Linda Evangelista where known around the world, they were not able to reach their fans directly on a global scale. Today, Victoria’s Secret supermodels such as Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, and South African supermodel Candice Swanepoel can reach their tens of millions of fans directly through social media channels such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Basically, this is an advertiser’s dream because these advertisers know that they can reach tens of millions of people directly by simply hiring these extremely beautiful Victoria’s Secret supermodels, and asking these Victoria’s Secret models to mention their brands in their social media channels. Thus, this allows these Victoria’s Secret fashion models to earn millions of dollars because of their incredible brand power and global reach through their fans that follow them around the world and most importantly, that listen to everything that these Victoria’s Secret models have to say about these brands.
Victoria’s Secret #5
Simply by looking at the Victoria’s Secret Angels you might think that they should enjoy every single day because once they start having children everything would go downhill from there and only get worse with age. However, what most people fail to realize is that many of today’s Victoria’s Secret supermodels are moms and have not just one child, but multiple children. The truth is that to reach the highest level of fashion modeling, you need dedication and consistency. These Victoria’s Secret Angels became supermodels by taking care of their mind and bodies, and to them having children is no excuse to stop working out, start eating hamburgers with bacon and other junk food, and just getting lazy.
If anything, these Victoria’s Secret Angels start working even harder once they have children (what better motivation than giving birth to your child and knowing that in exactly six weeks the entire world will be seeing you walking the runway in lingerie on national television). It used to be that many people would say a model’s career was over once she hit 30 years of age, but many of today’s Victoria’s Secret supermodels are well into their 30’s and making more money than ever before (this has to do a lot with the fact that they have been around longer and have had more time to gather a larger following around the world thanks to social media). Thus, whereas 20 or 30 years ago an advertiser would have been more cautious about hiring a model in her 30’s or 40’s, it now becomes less of an issue if the 30 or 40 year old model has over 11 million followers just on Instagram alone as is the case with Victoria’s Secret supermodel Adriana Lima.
Victoria’s Secret #6
Victoria’s Secret models are not exactly starving, and by that we mean that Victoria’s Secret models are making so much money that being able to pay the bills is the least of their problems. However, by using that phrase we also mean that unlike many other fashion models, Victoria’s Secret models can be a little more curvy than usual for fashion models. In fact, many Victoria’s Secret models share their eating habits to their millions of fans around the world, and while they do eat extremely healthy and take care of their beautiful and perfect bodies on a daily basis, they do like to reward themselves from time to time for all of their hard work modeling, specially after modeling for a successful fashion show, such as the Victoria’s Secret fashion show each year.
The reason that many Victoria’s Secret models do eat a lot is also because they also work out a lot in the gym. During interviews, many Victoria’s Secret models have mentioned that if they did not eat a lot, they would simply not have enough energy for all of those intense workouts that they do at the gym with their trainers. As they have mentioned many times, the problem arises when you eat a lot, and for one reason or another, you simply stop working out on a daily basis. That is when you start gaining weight (most successful fashion models weigh less than 135 pounds, and while this may seem like a lot to some women, it is important to note that many of these successful fashion models are 5’10 or 5’11 in height).
Victoria’s Secret #7
The Victoria’s Secret models travel the world, and by travel the world we really mean travel the world. The Victoria’s Secret models get to travel to some of the most beautiful and exotic destinations in the world, and along the way get to meet some of the most interesting people in the world (we are taking kings, royalty, famous athletes, movie stars, and billionaires that own the companies that hire them for their advertising campaigns). Thus, while this should not be the reason why someone should get into fashion modeling, it is nice to be able to say that you have visited half of the countries in the world while staying at 5 star luxury hotels.
Victoria’s Secret #8
Many Victoria’s Secret Angels had a hard time getting dates in high school. This has to do with the fact that many Victoria’s Secret models developed their bodies late, or developed their bodies too fast and were too tall and skinny. Just like the fairy tales, something magical happened to many of them that by the time they finished high school and entered adulthood, finding dates would become the least of their worries.
Victoria’s Secret #9
Most people already know that L Brands (parent company and owner of Victoria’s Secret) not only owns the Victoria’s Secret brand and the Victoria’s Secret PINK brand, but that they also own Bath & Body Works, La Senza (lingerie), and Henri Bendel. However, what many people do not know is that Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, Lane Bryant, Lerner New York (which later became New York & Company), The Limited, The Limited Too, Structure (converted to Express Men, brand name later sold to Sears), Aura Science (merged with Victoria’s Secret Beauty), and Galyan’s (merged with Dick’s Sporting Goods). Even more impressive, is that the parent company of Victoria’s Secret had the foresight and vision to sell these businesses at great prices before many of them started deteriorating due to the arrival of the Internet and the Amazon.com effect (why go to a fashion store at the mall when you can purchase the same item on Amazon.com for much less money).
Victoria’s Secret #10
The greatest of all secrets coming after this year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show…